We Americans are reeling from the unholy terror that was unleashed in
Las Vegas. Our news is saturated with videos and details about the
massacre. It will leave a deep scar in the memories of the families and
friends who were directly affected by the attack as well as of people
like me who grieve over the violence too often ruining our nation. Let’s
pray for the victims: eternal peace for the dead, a speedy recovery for
the injured, and comfort for those who loved them. Dare I say that we
should also pray for the perpetrator, who for whatever reason committed
this crime. Let’s also pray that God provides us with insight to find a
solution to gun violence and heal our broken country. At times like
this, it seems as though darkness is overcoming the light. When heinous
acts of terror snuff out the lives of innocent people, we may struggle
to hold onto our faith in the good God. We face the age-old mystery of
the presence of evil in this world of ours that God created good. Some
people might feel as if they are praying on empty. In our darkest
moments we must remain convinced that nothing, not even the worst
tragedy, separates us from God’s love. Besides, he can draw good from
it. What can this heartbreaking, horrific tragedy teach us? click to continue
Christians are now dealing with a new obstacle to evangelism; we can no longer assume people know stories in the Bible or the basic tenets of the faith. Perhaps this dearth of spirituality in modern culture will serve to drive desperate people to the feet of Christ but more than ever seekers need basic catechism to lead them back into the arms of God and the Church.
A few decades ago, almost everyone knew the bible, even if they did not attend church because even public schools read the bible and prayed before classes started. I am a convert. As a Protestant kid who went to Sunday School from 3 years old, I grew up on the stories of Jesus, singing songs about His love and memorizing bible verses. I realize now that I was a prayerful kid; God was close to me. continue
When I learned who currently held the authority my Lord gave Simon Peter, recorded in Matthew 16:13-19, I didn't have much choice: I had to join the Catholic Church.
In a sense, I 'knew too much.'
I could either claim to follow Jesus and acknowledge the Son of God's authority, passed along in unbroken succession through the rise and fall of kingdoms, empires, and civilizations — or not. As Simon Peter said, it's a simple choice....